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-- Senior Lieutenant Colonel Le Huy, vice head of the Hanoi Police Department’s Criminal Police Division, told a seminar on Tuesday that human trafficking in the capital has grown increasingly complicated, with dealers adopting new ploys and trading people’s kidneys for VND150-200 million (US$6,573-8,765).
-- Anti-drug police officers in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue on Tuesday raided a local hotel and seized a 37-year-old man possessing nearly four kilograms of marijuana and 198 synthetic drug tablets.
-- The Hanoi Road and Railway Traffic Police Department has begun tapping cameras to detect traffic rule breakers and send fine notifications to their homes or workplaces since Tuesday.
-- The Vietnam Information Security Association announced at the Vietnam Information Security Day seminar on Tuesday that the country’s security index for 2015 is 46.4 percent, which is higher than last year’s but still stands below the average level, leaving the nation highly prone to cyber attacks.
-- A huge fire raged through a poultry and rice wholesale market in downtown Ho Chi Minh City on Tuesday afternoon, burning down eight houses inside the market and scorching five others.
-- Vietnam Report Co. and local newswire VietnamNet on Tuesday jointly released VNR500, which consists of this year’s 500 largest companies of all sectors. State-run oil and gas giant PetroVietnam tops the list, while Samsung Electronics Vietnam comes second.
-- At the 2015 Vietnam Business Forum held on Tuesday, many business owners voiced their complaints that they have encountered immense difficulty including incessant harassment by officials, faulty software and barcodes, and excessive inspection.
-- Sarah Smith, deputy chief executive of the UK’s Better Regulation Delivery Office, urged at a seminar held by the British Embassy in Hanoi on Tuesday that entrepreneurs’ complaints be heeded if Vietnam is to improve its institutions.
-- Football (soccer) coach and pundit Doan Minh Xuong on Tuesday proposed that outstanding players of the Hoang Anh Gia Lai U-21 football team, who recently won an international tournament, be named the country’s key force in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games football competition, to be held in Malaysia.
-- The People’s Committee of the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong announced at a press meeting on Tuesday that the 6th edition of its iconic Da Lat Flower Festival is slated to run from December 29 to January 2, 2016.
-- More than 200 circus artists from Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia are poised to partake in a competition for young talents, scheduled to take place in Hanoi from December 8 to 12.
-- An international sculpture camp, which attracts 39 local artists and their 11 counterparts from several other countries, opened on Tuesday and runs until December 20 at a park in District 9, Ho Chi Minh City.